John Conley (iti@FRONTIERNET.NET)
Wed, 19 Nov 1997 10:15:09 -0800
I'm attending a troop committee meeting tomorrow night that I am looking
forward to like a root canal. I think I know what my role is "by the
book", but sometimes you folks have amazing insights, so feel free to
A troop committee in my district has written a letter to their scout-
master, basically saying, "Thanks, but your services are no longer
needed." The committee seems fairly united on this front.
The scoutmaster is responding that he rescued the troop from folding a
few years ago (which is true), that they don't have the authority to
fire him, and that if they don't like him, there are other troops.
The chartered organization (a local church) is apparently one that
furnishes a room and signs a charter once a year, not much else. The
committee chair called the person listed on the charter as COR, and she
said that she hadn't had anything to do with scouting for several years.
I think the committee may have some legitimate gripes with the scout-
master, but I've only heard one side of the story.
The unit commissioner has asked me to step in, because she has a sort
of conflict of interest, being too involved with one party to be seen
If the unhappy committee people leave, (taking their kids with them, of
course) there will be enough of a core left to enable the troop to
recharter (in January), but that's about it.
This isn't the first time I will have met with this troop this year,
there has been a good bit of conflict since fall. Emotions are
guaranteed to run high. Sounds like a fun evening, huh?
I have a plan of action, but think it might be best if I don't share it
yet so as not to influence your responses. (Besides, it's subject to
change if one of you has an idea that's way better than mine.)
I look forward to any sage advise. I kid with my doctor that my
commissioner job is a lot like his. Nobody ever calls to
say, "Just thought you would like to know, everything's fine."
Arrowhead District Commissioner
Finger Lakes Council (NY)
*Better to build boys than mend men*
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